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>> susie: japan's unfolding nuclear crisis derails markets around the globe. the dow tumbled almost 300 points at the open. >> the global markets were very anxious. it was an absolute... i wouldn't call it a flight to safety; it was a flight to cash. it looked like people were desperate for liquidity. >> susie: market strategist mike holland and economist diane swonk weigh in with their analysis. you're watching "nightly business report" for tuesday, march 15. this is "nightly business report" with susie gharib and tom hudson. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. captioning sponsored by wpbt >> susie: good evening, everyone. my colleague tom hudson is off. japan is on high alert tonight as the country responds to yet another explosion at the daichi nuclear power plant. japan's prime minister warned of substantial radiation leaks. the ongoing threat of radioactive fallout led to a global market sell-off today. we have complete coverage, beginning in tokyo with correspondent
>> susie: japan in crisis. a massive earthquake rocks the asian nation. that unleashed a powerful tsunami pushing rivers of water through coastal cities and farmland. >> tom: with damages likely in the billions of dollars, we look at whether the crisis will derail japan's economic recovery and the global comeback. you're watching "nightly business report" for friday, march 11. this is "nightly business report" with susie gharib and tom hudson. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. captioning sponsored by wpbt >> tom: good evening, everyone. a state of emergency in japan tonight. officials are still trying to assess the scope of the damage and casualties from that massive earthquake. susie, the magnitude of the quake 8.9 is the strongest on record in japan. >> susie: tom, it's still not clear what the devastating earthquake will do to japan's fragile economy and the global markets. here in the u.s. despite the japan's stock index tumbled almost 180 points closing just minut
of companies. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> a new day in japan revues -- reveals the next scale of devastation. hundreds of people are dead and towns and cities have a been devastated. >> i wasn't thinking about anything other than surviving because there was this very real sense of panic. >> a state of emergency issued after two new power plants, tens of thousands are urged to evacuate their homes. a massive relief operation, the japanese government has asked for international help. tsunami alerts have been downgraded across the region. welcome to bbc news, broadcast on pbs in america and around the globe. a mammoth relief mission is swinging and action in northeastern japan after it was struck by a devastating tsunami claiming hundreds of lives. the disaster was triggered by a 8.9 magnitude earthquake, the most powerful since records began in that country. states of emergency have been declared. people living nearby, up to 300 bodies have been found. >> suddenly it strikes. almost in the blank of the night and without warning. it is terrifying. there is a threat
of radiation but nowhere near dangerous levels. japan relies on nuclear for a third of its electricity, the trust in the technology and power company officials are being shaken. >> i don't know whether we can believe them, not only their comments but the government. i have to take our own action. >> i am very scared. figot infected by radiation there would be a big risk of getting cancer. >> after being checked people are being placed in evacuation centers across the city. this place is about 40 miles from the nuclear power station. for some that is not far enough believing they need to leave the region all together and go to other parts of japan. >> that report was filed before the third explosion. what about the human toll? my colleague reports. >> the road, it is a junior tow a place no longer there. once a pleasant fishing port, now gone. emergency teams heading in from all over japan, but there is little to find, expect bodies. people used to come here to rent bikes and cycle along the seaside. but at 2:46 friday afternoon it was wiped from the map. >> live tsunami struck the area
cannot wait for mummy to come home. bbc news, northeastern japan. >> it is astonishing, the resilience and restraint that the people have been exhibiting. >> you mentioned yukio edano and his latest news conference, and he said their credentials have not been affected. how can that be when some manufacturers have all said that their manufacturing will be affected? >> that is a good question. i do not know the ins and outs. what everyone is saying is that the supply lines will have been affected by this, and a lot of the microchips that are going to your ipad or my iphone, they come through here. this will have a knock-on effect. but it also depends on who was in the earthquake zone. i am not sure how many microchip plants have been affected. the last time i checked, the nikkei was down. this country is twice as indebted as the united states, and beyond the reconstruction efforts, putting money back into the economy, at the end of today, japan has been struggling ever since it's a bubble burst in 1990 and will continue to do so -- ever since its bubble burst. >> this is bbc news. still
. many people who live and work in tokyo come from other parts of japan, and now they want to go home. there is definitely more than just a trickle now of families leaving tokyo for other parts of japan because of the fear of radiation. most of the more than 30 million people who live in and around the city, though, leaving is not an option. they have no place to go and if there is a major release of radiation from the fukushima plant, there dawes -- doesn't seem to be a plan what to do either. if there is, the asumi family hasn't been told about it. they are watching the events to the north with growing consternation. they have an 8-month-old baby and they simple isly don't trust what the government is telling them about the lack of danger. >> i don't think so. you don't trust them in? i don't trust them. >> why not? >> because companies say not -- not truth. >> and what is this you have bought? is is this new if >> yeah, new. >> so instead the asumis like millions of other tokyoites are making their own plans. helmets, facemasks and a car standing by to head south at a moment's noti
." >> japan's prime minister appeals for calm after a third explosion at the fukushima daichi. naoto kan said everyone within 20 kilometers should leave immediately. >> we need now for everybody to move out of the 20 kilometer radius from the number one plant. >> in cities and towns reduced to rubble by the tsunami which followed the earthquake, the death toll could be as many as 10,000. a country still literally shaken by the aftershocks is coming to grips with the recovery effort. it will take years and an immeasurable income impact. become to "bbc world news." broadcasting in the u.k. and around the world. in this program, confrontation in bahrain. protestors set up road blocks in the capital as 1,000 saudi troops enter the country, and the u.n. security council discusses a no-fly zone over libya but nothing is agreed. member states are too divided. there's been a third big explosion at the fukushima power plant in japan which was badly damaged by friday's earthquake and tsunami. a four-fold increase in radiation levels has been released into the air surrounding the plant. the prime minist
>> susie: the world watches japan as questions mount about the human tragedy and the potential damage to the global economic recovery. >> the global recovery will not be derailed by the events in japan, given everything we know today. >> susie: from the auto industry in japan to the future of nuclear energy here in the u.s., we continue our coverage of japan's massive earthquake. you're watching "nightly business report" for monday, march 14. this is "nightly business report" with susie gharib and tom hudson. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program is made possible this program is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. captioning sponsored by wpbt >> susie: good evening everyone. my colleague tom hudson is off tonight. it's day four of japan's monstrous earthquake and tsunami, and the full brunt of the damage is still unknown. the death toll is expected to exceed 10,000 and the country continues to battle the threat of a catastrophic nuclear accident. now japan is focused on the enormous human suffering, but attention aroun
>> susie: investors face fear and confusion as japan's nuclear crisis continues. energy regulators around the globe warn about the risks and u.s. stocks get whipsawed. >> tom: as the situation unfolds, how is the nuclear industry responding to the escalating crisis? and what is in store for investors? you're watching "nightly business report" for wednesday, march 16. this is "nightly business report" with susie gharib and tom hudson. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. captioning sponsored by wpbt >> susie: good evening everyone. fears escalated today around the world about the nuclear crisis in japan. comments from energy officials in europe and the u.s. raised questions about danger from the damaged reactors, tom. >> tom: susie, these were stark comments from top global experts. europe's energy chief said japan's dai-ichi nuclear plant was "effectively out of control." the u.s. energy secretary said there was a "partial meltdown" there. additionally, americans within 50 miles of t
: japan's disaster is raising questions about u.s. nuclear liability and the yen's continued surge as we continue our coverage of the japanese crisis. you're watching nightly business report for thursday, march 17th. >> this is nightly business this is "nightly business report" with susie gharib and tom hudson. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> tom: good evening, thanks for joining us tonight. president obama said today japan's nuclear crisis won't affect the united states, susie. >> susie: you know, tom, the president spoke this afternoon from the white house rose garden and said he doesn't expect a nuclear radiation to be a risk for people inside the united states. >> i want to be very clear. we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the united states, whether it's the west coast, hawaii, alaska or u.s. territories in the pas civic. >> susie: besides japan's nuclear crisis a big spike in the japanese yen is creating a currency crisis. finance ministers from a
of companies. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> japan issues a state of emergency following safety failures at two nuclear power plants. tens of thousands are urged to evacuate. the japanese government believes that more than 1000 people have lost their lives after the earthquake and a tsunami. >> we were under the table holding hands. i was really not thinking about anything other than surviving because there was a very real sense of panic. >> a wall of water demolishes towns and cities on the northeastern coast taking away boats, homes, vehicles. hundreds and planes -- hundreds of planes and ships are involved in a relief effort. more than 50 aftershocks have hit the country but tsunami alerts have been downgraded across the pacific region. welcome to "bbc news," broadcast on pbs in america. a state of emergency has been announced that two nuclear power plants. thousands of people who live around the complex which is about 150 miles northeast of tokyo, they have been told to leave their homes because of a possible radioactive leak. >> nearly 24 hours after disast
." >> new pictures to have quake-stricken japanese nuclear plant. japan's central bank injects billions of yen into financial markets for a third day to ease the impact of last week's quake. welcome to bbc news. welcome to our viewers around the globe. britain and france draft a u.n. resolution calling for a no-fly zone. tensions running high. two protesters killed after bahrain declared a state of emergency. hello and welcome. the japanese government has said workers are trying to stabilize the if you can jet streama plant have been forced to suspend their operations due to increased radiation levels. the chief government spokesman said the reactor may have suffered damage. white smoke has been seen rising from the building. a fire at the plant's number four reactor where spent nuclear rods were being kept has been brought under control. >> smoke rises from the number four reactor at the fukushima power plant believed to have come from a fire from a massive pool holding the fire rods. protected in steel and concrete. in the last few hours, senior government officials described how leve
is that more people will die. >> japan's nuclear association says that smoke were seen rising from fukushima's crippled no. 2 reactor could be coming from the spent fuel pool or from an explosion in the fuel supply timber. all four reactors -- meanwhile, britain, the united states, and france have arranged special flights for those who want to leave tokyo. in japan, even the scramble to leave is incredibly orderly. on the street outside tokyo's immigration office, the line stretches for more than a mile. thousands and thousands of people are waiting for a piece of paper so they can leave japan. the fact that they have to do this makes some here very angry. >> the japanese government has a secret requirement that, even though you have a visa, you still have to get a reentry stand to get back into the country. otherwise, you lose a your visa. a lot of people here are people from china, the people that run most of japan's economy. for the past six days, this woman got her mother was day -- was dead, swept away by the tsunami. she just got a call from her. just a minute ago. she said that she is
days of plunges. the bank of japan said it will inject an extra $3.5 trillion into the bank's. their aim is to keep the economy stable. >> thank you very much. even before details emerged of the latest fire, a team of 34 experts was on its way to japan to assess the reactors and advise on containing radiation leaks. our correspondent has been given this analysis. >> day after day new threats emerge. multiple explosions, a scene so hazardous only 50 workers are left on site to try to bring things under control. here is what we think is happening. reactor one is -- there has probably been a partial melting inside. reactor two is the most worrying with a potential breach. the first possible damage to any reactors. this device handles excess pressure may have been breached. reactor three is also in trouble with an explosion and maybe a partial meltdown. high-level radiation has been measured nearby. reactor four poses a threat as well. in a tank a fire somehow started. that will also be another source of leaking radiation. this crisis has been tackled by a reduced work force. th
broadcasting to our viewers in the u.k. and around the world. also on this program, japan's government admits failings and handling the nuclear crisis. we returned to the port where the force of the tsunami was caught on camera. welcome once again. libya has defended the presence of the torch is near the rebel stronghold saying that the troops will not enter or attack the city. rebels have come under fire while for the west, there has also been fighting. reports of renewed fighting came as britain, france, the allied states and arab countries issued a joint ultimatum to libya oppose a leader. we begin the coverage from the libyan capital of tripoli. >> you cannot take the camera without attracting a crowd like this. this is the only point of view you can hear. an attack is treason. there is no uprising, only a criminal enterprise by a few hundred gangsters. they are mystified that the united nations cannot see that. >> what about the united nations. >> i hate united nations. i hate french. i hate arabs. i only love libya and colo0nel g-- colonel gaddafi. >> the more isolated it becomes, the m
>> susie: from unrest in libya to uncertainty in japan, how the unknown is coloring the outlook for oil prices. >> tom: and we get the latest from japan, one week after its deadly earthquake and tsunami. you're watching "nightly business report" for friday, march 18. this is "nightly business report" with susie gharib and tom hudson. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. captioning sponsored by wpbt >> susie: good evening, everyone. president obama put libya on notice today saying the u.s. and its allies are ready for military action. tom, the president's message was aimed at libyan leader moammar qaddafi. >> tom: susie, speaking at the white house, president obama said qaddafi must end the violence and pull back troops from towns under attack. >> let me be clear, these terms are not negotiable. if qaddafi does not comply, the resolution will be enforced through military action. >> susie: ahead of the president's warning, libya said it's ceasing all military action and w
of high profile defections. >> as they work to restore power to japan's stricken nuclear power plant continue, radiation detected in sea water and food supplies. >> hello, there. explosions and anti-aircraft fire have been heard near colonel gaddafi's headquarters as they enforce the no-fly zone for a third night. the libyan leader is not being targeted and they insist that the campaign is aimed as protecting libyan civilians. here is our latest on the aleyed assault. >> from the ground you cannot tell what is being hit, but you hear the impact of the missile strikes and the distant rurmble of the blasts. what you see is the libyan response, anti-aircraft fire aiming at aircraft that are too high or mifles that are too fast to be vulnerable. a government spokesman warned that all this would plunge yet another arab country into bloody civil war. >> we are expect can't to see death on the ground and bombs in the streets of tripoli. it is the story of baghdad being played again in tripoli. >> last night war came to colonel gaddafi's compound. a missile strike turned a three-story buildi
. tom, investors took a break to process all of the continuing problems in japan and the middle east. >> tom: susie, all three of the major averages ended modestly down, and trading volume was the lowest of the year. >> susie: so, what's next for the u.s. stock market? suzanne pratt got some answers. >> reporter: on wall street, they're calling it the "teflon market". throw at stocks an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis in japan, not to mention a war in libya, yet the dow is above 12,000. nyse broker ted weisberg is surprised by the market's resiliency. but says he finds the recent volatility very troubling. >> the volatility, to me, simply says that there's no confidence. yes, the market's had a dramatic move off the lows, but for the most part, this move has not be accompanied by a lot of volume on the upside of the swing. >> reporter: still, the question is whether stocks can maintain their non-stick status? experts say that will depend on the quality of corporate profits. we'll get that news starting in about three weeks. according to thomson reuters, which tracks earnings
. in japan, engineers at the foot fishing the dai-ichi power plant lay new power plants that should be keeping the core cool. -- engineers at the fukishima power plant late new power lines to keep the for cool. the u.n. security council has approved a resolution for the creation of a no-fly zone to protect civilians in libya from attacks by colonel gaddafi's forces. the resolution calls for all necessary measures but it rules out the use of foreign ground troops. there were five abstentions including china and russia. french officials have said that military action could begin within hours although britain has cautioned against that suggestion. >> there was no opposition to the plan that britain, france, and lebanon had presented. significantly, both russia and china were among the five countries to abstain. afterwards, britain made clear why the government felt they had to act. >> the world should not stand by and accept gaddafi promised brutality against his own people. this is an expression of the resolve. this is a resolve by the arab league last weekend and measures to protect
slide. suzanne pratt, "nightly business report," new york. >> tom: in japan, the operator of a damaged nuclear power plant reports new setbacks in the effort to bring the facility under control. the plant's operator, tokyo electric power company, today reported that high levels of radiation are being found in the ocean about 100 yards offshore from the nuclear plant. and as lucy craft reports, contamination has dispersed well beyond the evacuated zone. >> reporter: for the beleaguered people of japan, there is a new menace. radiation contamination has been discovered in spinach, milk and tap water. officials say the levels don't pose a danger to human health, but they aren't taking any chances. today, the government slapped a ban on shipments of spinach from four states-- gunma, tochigi, ibaraki and fukushima, where the crippled nuclear power plant is located. milk from fukushima, the state which has borne the brunt of the radiation menace, has also been taken off the market. so far, japanese customers seem to be taking the news in stride. food sales overall are unaffected. but export
of tripoli. welcome to "bbc news." babita sharma. as the emergency teams in japan -- for the restrictions are announced in the areas affected by radiation leaks. libyan leader colonel gaddafi has made his first public appearance. speaking in the capital of tripoli he told his supporters he will not be defeated. he says his enemies will be consigned to the dustbin of history. it came against a backdrop of whose in charge of the international military operation appeare. >> another define performance. this is the first time we have seen him since the u.n.- authorized attacks on his country. in an address that was apparently live in tripoli on tuesday, his message was unrepentant. >> gerat libyan people you are living too glorious hours. all of the people are with us. we will have a revolution against imperialism. i am not afraid of the planes that cause destruction. i am defined. my home is here. i am here, i am here, i am here. >> even as he was speaking these words, on american television came the suggestion that perhaps the regime is trying to explore its options internationally. >> i am
tavis: good evening from los angeles. i'm tavis smiley. as the nation of japan continues to recover from the deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear scare, there is a realization that the death toll could have been far greater. so first up a conversation about the situation in japan with acclaimed architect hitoshi abe. he now heads the department of architecture and urban design here in ucla. also eve ensler is here from the "vagina mon loges." she is soaping city of joy. we're glad you can join hitoshi abe and eve ensler coming up. >> all i need his name is james and he needs extra help with his reading. >> i'm james. >> yes. >> everyone making a difference -- >> thank you. >> you help us all live better.s tavis smiley. >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. >> thank you. >> hitoshi abe serveses a chair of the ucla urban design and architecture. he's doing the work with brad pitt make it right foundation in the lower ninth wa in new orleans. great to have you on this program. >> thank you. tavis: i know you're the eighth generation born and raised in sen
in japan's devastated fukushima plant continues. a man suspected of shooting a british police constable and outside of london more than 25 years ago denies killing her. she protested against gaddafi's regime in 1984. he has been arrested by rebel forces. he said that he did not fire the fatal shot. >> the rebels have yet to find a winning plan. it is five days since coalition bombing began. they have only made small advances. these are the early days. bases that some weapons and hardware. one of them is omar. he worked at the libyan embassy in london when somebody was shot and killed by somebody inside. he is now in the hands of the rebels. he agreed to talk to the media, insisting that he was not in the embassy at the time of the shooting. >> as far as this matter and any other matter that we speak of. >> fletcher was killed in april, 1984, policing a demonstration outside of the libyan embassy. shots were fired from inside the building and the officer died. a long siege went on. the libyans were allowed to return home. nobody has been brought to justice. >> for years, he has been asso
official estimate of the cost of the earthquake and tsunami. japan also said today radiation has spread beyond the area surrounding its crippled nuclear power plant. the city of tokyo says its drinking water isn't safe for infants because radiation levels are double safe limits. it's urging residents to refrain from hoarding bottled water. separately, toyota motor said it will halt some north american production because of parts shortages in japan. it's not sure how many shifts will be down, or for how long. >> tom: still ahead, as seen with this week's big telecom deal, big buyouts are alive and well, and that has tonight's "street critique" guest buying the bankers behind the buying. hilary kramer joins us. >> susie: a very big name on the witness stand today at the raj rajaratnam insider trading trial-- lloyd blankfein, c.e.o. of goldman sachs. blankfein testified that a former board member, rajat gupta, gave rajaratnam confidential information valued at $17 million-- tips about a possible acquisition of wachovia bank and the $5 billion investment in the firm by warren buffett's berk
to cooling and the reactors. >> the whole of japan stood still today. for the thousands killed, there are still thousands missing. chris, alex and anna were all teaching near sendai when the earthquake hit. they are leaving, evacuated by the british embassy, on a flight to hong kong. alex does not want to leave. >> i feel like i am abandoning people i have known for two and a half years. i care about them. i am attached to them. i feel like i am abandoning them by getting out. >> alex is not the only one who is reluctant to leave japan. of the 7000 british who live in tokyo, fewer than half showed up to leave tonight. these are the new heroes of the hour. >> we expect a lot of difficulties with the mission. it is a dangerous assignment. the reputation of japan and the lives of many people rest on your actions. >> these tokyo firemen have volunteered for the biggest and most dangerous mission of their lives. the crisis at the fukushima plant has now been upgraded to a level 5 emergency. this spraying operation is perhaps the last chance to head off a major radiation leak. on tv
their battles? >> we have more on libya coming up about 5 minutes. let's turn our attention to japan or the nuclear and industrial safety agency has announced that the level of radioactive iodine in the sea of japan's fukushima nuclear plant is 3355 times above the legal limit. a state of maximum alert was declared after highly radioactive uranium was found near the plant. we speak to our correspondent in tokyo. levels in the sea are now causing grave concern? >> this is the strongest indication that highly radioactive water that has been discovered within the buildings and outside the buildings he is somehow leaking into the sea. a level of radioactive iodine was detected and considerably higher than any we have been told about so far. almost twice as high. we were told that the measurements taken during the course of yesterday, it was a steadily increasing. it must be said that the nuclear safety agency had stressed that it is a very localized reading taken off the shore of the fukushima plant. they say it will have dissipated and deteriorated considerably by the time that it reach
disasters and nuclear problems in japan to sharply higher oil prices. but today, the spotlight was on a problem many thought had gone away-- the european debt crisis. the fall of the portuguese government has pushed that country's borrowing rates to record levels, making it more difficult for portugal to get a handle on it's debt. economist brian levitt says the fear in financial markets is that portugal could need an expensive bailout. >> the big fear about the fall of the government in portugal is that they are not going to go through the austerity measures that they need, that the larger euro-economies want for them to go through in order to get additional credit facilities. >> reporter: another fear is contagion, reinforced by credit rating agency moody's downgrade of more than 30 spanish banks today. all this may seem like a replay of last spring's greek debt crisis, which sent stocks into a tailspin and threatened to derail the global recovery. but this time, experts don't think there will be a similar market meltdown. they point out that it's in the interest of other eur
charged up over electric vehicles. >> tom: in japan, the owner of the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant, tokyo electric on america's nuclear power growth until new safety guidelines are put in place. in japan, meantime, lucy craft reports the owner of the fukushima power plant may soon be under management, the japanese government. >> reporter: reports here say the government may temporarily nationalize tepco, which is confronting tens of billions of dollars in compensation to residents, fishermen and farmers who have been dislocated by the radiation disaster. a government takeover would ensure the company could meet those obligations, analysts say. the complex operation to stabilize fukushima's six damaged and leaking reactors could drag on for weeks. this weekend, trace plutonium turned up on the site, raising more alarm. tepco is the region's largest utility, and provides power to a third of japan's population, but with most of its nuclear power and other energy plants sidelined by the earthquake, tokyo is confronting huge power shortages, especially this summer. the nationaliza
, "nightly business report," new york. >> tom: japan continues to struggle to contain the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years. tokyo electric power, or tepco, runs the damaged fukushima nuclear complex and says more radioactive water was found leaking from the plant today. plutonium has also been found in soil around the plant. tepco has asked french nuclear giant areva for help with crisis. as for the auto industry, some analysts now say it could be summer before japan's vehicle makers are running at normal capacity. goldman sachs estimates the shutdowns cost the automakers $200 million a day. meanwhile, damage at japan's auto parts makers has ford motor idling a european plant. the plant in belgium will shut for five days starting monday, to conserve parts. and, if you want to order a ford f150 pickup, you might not get it in tuxedo black. ford has stopped taking orders for some specialty colors as a paint pigment supplier near japan's disaster zone remains closed. >> suzanne: a potential billion- dollar battle takes center stage at the supreme court tomorrow. it's a massive sex-
, he also said he's determined to ensure it's safe. that pledge comes as the world watches japan struggle to control a damaged nuclear power plant. lucy craft has the latest from tokyo. >> reporter: executives of tokyo electric power-- or "tepco"-- did the customary bow of remorse, apologizing for a disaster that shows no signs of abating. their president, conspicuously absent from public view for several weeks, has checked into the hospital, complaining of high blood pressure. the latest alarming news from tepco? radioactive iodine in seawater near the fukushima plant has surged to 3,355 times legal limits. officials continue to argue seawater contamination won't ruin japanese fisheries, but these assurances are cold comfort to the agriculture and marine industries, which have lost consumer confidence here and abroad. meanwhile, tepco dropped another bombshell today. businesses are being asked to slash their energy use by a whopping 25%, or tokyo could face a long, hot summer of blackouts. lucy craft, "nightly business report," tokyo. >> tom: as we reported earlier, part of pres
are broadcasting to our viewers in p.b.s. in america, and around the world. japan's prime minister declares a state of maximum alert over the crisis at the fukushima nuclear plant. president obama has made his first formal speech on the military campaign in libya. the address in washington came amid some criticism in the united states that the president has yet to explain what the goals of military action are and how long the military action will last. he responded by saying that a failure to act would have carried a far greater price for both american and libya. but he made clear military action will not go beyond the u.n. mandate and regime change must not be pursued by force. >> of course, there is no better off with a duffy of of power. -- with the duffy out of power. i embrace that goal and will actively pursue its turn non- military means. broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake. the task i assigned our forces, to protect the libyan people from the immediate danger and to establish a no-fly zone carries international support. it is what the libyan oppositio
of him would lead to civil war. and emergency teams in japan begin a search as radiation leaks continue. welcome. libyan leader colnel gadhafi made his first public appearance since the international coalition began on his military bases. he told his followers he won't be defeated and warns his enemies will be consigned to the dustbin of history. continued discussions about who is in charge of the international military operation. >> this is the first time we have seen him since the authorized air attacks against his country in. an address live his message to his supporters was unrepennant. great libyan people you are living through glorious hours. all of the people are with us. i say to you i am not afraid. not afraid of the planes that caused such destruction. i am defiant. my home is here. i am here. i am here. >> even as he was speaking the words, on american tv came the suggestion that perhaps the gadhafi regime is exploring options internationalally. >> i am not aware he personally has reached out but i do know that people allegedly on his behalf have been reaching out. this is a
will take a look at the relief and recovery operations in japan with architect hitoshi abe and a conversation with known play right eve ensler. later this week, a co-founder of twitter, biz stone, a social networking site that is one of the most used in the world. an acclaimed artis will be with us later this week against the backdrop of the arab-israeli conflict on the middle east, and by friday, i will be joined by t.c. boyle and ray lewis. and my interview that was scheduled to be tonight will now be next monday. the former "cheers" is out with a book. that is ted danson next monday. we begin with news out of libya. hisham matar has many members of his family who are now fighting alongside rebels in the hopes of ousting gaddafi. he is the author of the notable book about life there, called "in the country of men," and he will be out with a new book coming out, "anatomy of a disappearance." good to have you. >> it is nice being here. tavis: tell us more of that your family's relationship with the gaddafi regime. >> my father was a dissident, and we live in cairo in exile
in japan about raised levels of radiation, anti-nuclear campaigners are making their voices heard. after a quarter of a million people are expected to be on the streets of central london on saturday. all is part of a national march against government cuts. some of the demonstrators are taking part in a political march for the very first time. spurred into action by what's happening to local services on their own doorstep. our home editor mark easton has met some very unlikely activists. >> it is tori heartland. a red squirrel as a red rosette. the county council has announced cuts of 140 million pounds with youth clubs, libraries and daycare centers, familiar public services may disappear. one of the key questions for the coalition is whether serious opposition to the cuts will extend beyond their familiar political opponents to become a wide-ranging broad movement involving their own traditional supporters. in this village necessary willing in the world, the -- nestling in the world the answer is yes. some of the ladies of gloucester will be those marching through london tomorrow. >> i'
to japan. residents have been warned not to give tap water to babies because radiation has contaminated their water supply. authorities said levels of radioactive iodine were twice the recommended level considered to be safe. she was born in london but her life was hollywood writ large. elizabeth taylor has died in los angeles at the age of 79. she made more than 50 films and won two oscars and married eight times. we look back on elizabeth taylor's remarkable life and career. >> honestly, you make me sound just awful. >> the actress elizabeth taylor, instantly recognizable, and unforgettable. glamorous, cameras, and very famous. she was more than a movie star. she was an icon, a hollywood legend. she was born in london to american parents. the family moved to beverly hills in 1939 when she was 7. it was her kind of town. she had a film contract by the time she was 10 and 12, she made a name in this film. too young to understand some things. >> she made an impression on an schilens bugela landsbury. became evident that this beautiful girl would become one of the most beautiful woman in
. as allies strike libya, the rebels are amid heavy resistance. japan's prime minister has said that his government is a mistake of maximum alert. that the crisis at the nuclear plant, traces of highly active plutonium has been found in five places. the company in charge of the plant, the levels found were not harmful to human health. the chief spokesman gave more details. >> plutonium is expected to come from fuels. there is a high possibility of the fuel rods. we have a very high radioactivity that started in the vicinity. this, too is proof. it comes from the reactor. it is serious, but we can try to contain the areas. >> heart worthington is in tokyo and he explains of the government intended to tackle the problem while still in the state of maximum alert. >> is important to say at this stage that when they talk about maximum alert, they are not talking about some kind of scale of emergency. it is reiterating that the government will retain a state of high vigilance and try to stay on top of every single twist and turn at the nuclear plant. when it comes down to the details of how to
or a successor government and control of at least some of the country. >>> japan's police agency says the death toll is now more than 10,000. the agency said nearly 17,005 other people are still listed as missing. -- 17,500 people still listed as missing. what did they say at the news conference? >> the issue that many people are talking about, the issue of the safety of the workers at the stricken fukushima nuclear plant, two of whom came in contact with high levels of radiation and have been hospitalized. that was one level of the address, making it very clear that the company that is organizing efforts to bring the reactors under control, that they have been ordered to revise their safety measures. that is addressing a lot of concern about the safety of the workers, as the efforts go on at the reactor, because it emerged that yesterday that those who were injured to not leave after the sounding of the radiation alarm, and radiation they came in contact with, they were not wearing rubber boots, which would have protected them. that is one of the things he was addressing, but he also went on t
more people are going to be leaving japan after these radiation levels, there rising levels? >> certainly, among the japanese people i have been speaking to, there was a sense that they were going to be getting out of tokyo as a result of the rise in radiation levels, particularly the tap water issue, but there is a great deal of widespread concern. yesterday's warning applied only to imports, , and they said that more than double the level was found in the tokyo tap water and that children under a certain age should avoid drinking it. many people rushed up to the shops to try to buy already depleted shot. supplies of bottled water, and many supplies have run out. they're in a very difficult position. the city authorities said they were going to be making one quarter of 1 million bottles of water available to those with babies, and in the last hour, what we have heard from the secretary really reinforces this message. it is really becoming an issue here. we are seeing it in some way they are conquering this fact, and the aim is to try to reassure the public that that limit i
action. >> japan has issued a tsunami warning after major 7.2 earthquake struck. buildings in tokyo swayed. the quake was centered near the capital. the tsunami warning applies to the pacific coast. predictions of waves up to 50 centimeters. there are no immediate reports of damage or injury. they are currently assessing the situation. we will bring you more on that as soon as we get it. you're watching "bbc news". keeping guantanamo open leaves inmates in a worse position than ever. one of the architects of the islamic republic has lost his the country's most influential bodies. >> is one of the great survivors of iranian politics. even survivors have their bad days. he gave up his job as head of the assembly of experts, a body that takes iran's supreme leader. the experts concluded he was not conservative enough for their taste. >> i will the family not become a candidate for presidency. to avoid harming this sacred body. >> this is the man who takes over. he is 79 and it is hard to count him as a fresh face at the top. his election is seen as a victory for hard-liners in the esta
to sell its 30% take in yahoo japan. discount retailer costco didn't exactly wow investors with its quarterly results today, coming in as expected. international and gasoline sales helped. cowen and company analyst laura champine thinks higher pump prices could continue to help. >> prices around $4 hurts costco's margins a little bit, but it also drives traffic to costco. they're happier to take a skinnier margin on gasoline just to drive that traffic. and they don't sell gasoline to non-members, so it helps move their membership numbers higher, too. and that membership fee income stream is really where they make most of their money. >> tom: champine says costco will not raise membership fees this year, as expected, something she calls disappointing. that may explain the stock reaction, down 3% to its lowest price in a month. finally, remember this name: alcatel-lucent. shares jumped 11% to their highest price in 2.5 years. volume jumped five-fold. and that's tonight's "market focus." >> tom: the last time oil prices were over $100 a barrel, alternative energy saw lots of interest.
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